In nearly 21 years on the job, I have never experienced a workload like the one I am facing right now, stretching beyond the horizon for the next 11 days or so. I already know before really digging in that there is not even a remote chance I will be able to finish all of it by Christmas, so some of it will be looming over my head for the entire Christmas holiday, until January … when the treadmill starts turning again.

In phases like these, my office turns into a room in which the impossible is done wholesale, miracle-like.

It all reminds me of a wonderful week ages ago. I spent a week in the UK, lodging with a teacher colleague there whom I helped waste an entire week on “extracurricular activities” until the sun came up. On the last day (and night) there, I helped her correct something like 50 or 60 ten- to twenty-page art/design projects which were due on the day I left. We got the work done. The kids were happy. And, most importantly, we did not do sloppy work. 26 hours straight. Not a single second wasted.

A miracle.

We teachers do miracle work at least twice a year.

P.S.: It might (or might not) be a bit more quiet around here until I can resurface for a breath of fresh (or, really, any other type of) air. Hang on tight …

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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